Southampton 2-1 Hull City

Southampton maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Championship table after coming from behind to beat 10-man Hull at St Mary's.

Nick Barmby's Tigers led at half-time after Robert Koren nodded in from six yards shortly before the interval.

But soon after the restart Guly Do Prado fired into the top corner.

Adam Lallana headed in the winner from close range, while Hull substitute Robbie Brady was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Dan Harding.

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The Saints have now won their last 21 home matches in all competitions but were made to work hard by Hull, particularly in a fluctuating first half.

Morgan Schneiderlin, returning to the starting line-up after being a substitute in Saturday's surprise tested Hull goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from close range in only the third minute and at the other end Koren's 25-yard drive was well held by Kelvin Davies.

Lallana and Hull striker Matty Fryatt both had shots blocked as the early action continued to go from end to end.

Saints looked the more likely to score as Rickie Lambert dragged an angled shot from inside the penalty area wide and midfield pair Do Prado and Dean Hammond headed just off target from Lallana corners.

Barmby feels Brady red was unwarranted

However it was Hull who took the lead as Tom Cairney crossed from the left and Koren was on hand to head into the top corner for his fourth goal of the season.

Do Prado headed Lambert's cross wide but the home side rallied in the second-half, with Steve De Ridder's introduction at the break in place of Jack Cork proving astute.

The equaliser arrived as Lambert headed the ball on in the penalty area and Do Prado capitalised, sending a rising shot high into the net from 12 yards.

Southampton were now full of attacking intent and following a fine run and cross from the byline by Frazer Richardson, Lallana swooped to deftly direct his header into the bottom corner.

Barmby's side enjoyed more possession midway through the half, Koren flashing a shot from the edge of the area wide, but once Brady was dismissed they could not prevent a second successive defeat.

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